Proposed Placing, Offer for Subscription and Intermediaries Offer, Gearing Policy Clarification
29 March 2022
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Gore Street, London's first listed energy storage fund supporting the transition to low carbon power, is pleased to announce that further to its announcement on 22 March 2022, the Company is proposing to raise £75 million, via the issue of 68,181,818 new Ordinary Shares , at a price of 110 pence per Ordinary Share (the "Issue Price"), by way of an Initial Placing, Initial Offer for Subscription and Initial Intermediaries Offer (the "Initial Issue"). The Initial Issue could be upscaled subject to demand and Board discretion.
Any capitalised terms used but not otherwise defined in this announcement have the meaning set out in the Prospectus.
Initial Issue highlights
- The Issue Price represents:
- a discount of approximately 5.98% to the closing share price of 117 pence per Ordinary Share on Monday 21 March 2022 (prior to announcement of the Initial Issue and Share Issuance Programme),
- a discount of approximately 4.35% to the closing share price of 115 pence per Ordinary Share on Monday 28 March 2022, and
- a premium of approximately 5.87% to the last reported NAV of 103.9 pence per Ordinary Share as at 31 December 2021.
- The net proceeds of the Initial Issue will be used to acquire and construct new projects in the Company's pipeline. The Investment Manager has identified a pipeline of investments with a total project size of over 1.3 GW in the UK and internationally, offering additional geographical portfolio diversification.
- Investors in the Initial Issue are expected to benefit from an attractive level of dividend income and the prospects of capital appreciation over the long term, expected to be delivered with low volatility and uncorrelated to other asset classes.
- The Initial Issue includes an intermediaries offer to enable retail investor participation. Details on how to invest and the participating intermediaries are outlined on the Company's website: www.gsenergystoragefund.com
- The Initial Issue will be managed and conducted by the Company's Joint Corporate Brokers and Joint Bookrunners Shore Capital and J.P. Morgan Securities plc (which conducts its UK investment banking business as J.P. Morgan Cazenove).
Prospectus publication and Share Issuance Programme
Following the Initial Issue, the Directors intend to implement a programme of subsequent issues of up to 750 million Ordinary Shares and/or C Shares (less the number of Ordinary Shares issued pursuant to the Initial Issue) to raise capital for further investment (the "Share Issuance Programme", each a "Subsequent Issue").
The prospectus (the "Prospectus") relating to the Initial Issue and the Share Issuance Programme is expected to be published shortly.
The Directors have reserved the right, in conjunction with the Joint Bookrunners, to increase the size of the Initial Issue to a maximum of 136,363,636 Ordinary Shares if overall demand exceeds 68,181,818 Ordinary Shares, with any increase being announced through a Regulatory Information Service.
The Initial Issue is conditional on, amongst other things, the approval of the Company's shareholders ("Shareholders") at a general meeting to be held at 11am BST on 11 April 2022 (the "General Meeting"), details of which were set out in the circular published by the Company on 22 March 2022.
Expected Timetable of Initial Issue
Initial Issue opens
29 March 2022
Latest time and date for receipt of completed applications from Intermediaries in respect of the Initial Intermediaries Offer
3.00 p.m. on 11 April 2022
Latest time and date for receipt of completed Application Forms in respect of the Initial Offer for Subscription
11.00 a.m. on 12 April 2022
Latest time and date for commitments under the Initial Placing
11.00 a.m. on 12 April 2022
Publication of results of the Initial Issue
12 April 2022
Initial Admission and dealings in Ordinary Shares commence
8.00 a.m. on 14 April 2022
CREST accounts credited with uncertificated Ordinary Shares
14 April 2022
Where applicable, definitive share certificates despatched by post*
Within ten Business Days of Initial Admission
11.00 a.m. on 11 April
*The dates and times specified above are references to London times and are subject to change, in which event details of the new times and dates will be notified, as required, through an RIS.
The dealing codes for the Ordinary Shares are as follows:
Alex O'Cinneide, CEO of Gore Street Capital, the Company's Investment Manager, commented:
"As predicted since Gore Street's IPO in 2018, the demand for energy storage has continued to grow exponentially in the UK, Ireland and internationally. The importance of energy security and the need to rapidly de-carbonise global economies is more important than ever before. Reflecting these trends, we are screening and executing ever larger transactions and have now built a portfolio with an aggregated capacity of over 700 MW.
Having closely analysed markets in North America and Western Europe over a number of years, we are delighted to have recently made our first investments in Germany and Texas, a transformative milestone for the growth and diversification of the Company's portfolio. These more nascent markets offer significant potential for growth opportunities but also provide complementary revenue streams to those received from our assets in the UK and Ireland. These assets, along with the rest of Gore Street's portfolio, also deliver an essential energy infrastructure service in those geographies and help them to reach their climate goals.
Meanwhile, the UK and Ireland continue to also offer significant potential opportunities for investment where Gore Street Capital has established itself as a pre-eminent investor. The proposed fundraise would enable us to execute on our ambitions for growth with the potential for investment in new acquisitions, while continuing our solid track record of capital discipline for the benefit of our shareholders."
Gearing policy clarification
The recently published Circular to shareholders (dated 22 March 2022) stated that, "The Board and the Investment Manager have undertaken a review of the Company's gearing policy to ensure that it is appropriate in light of the energy storage market's maturity and to allow for the ability to utilise debt, where appropriate and subject to the prior approval of the Board, to expand the size and scale of operations, support the development of an expanding portfolio, and ultimately to seek to enhance profitability. The Directors intend that the Company will maintain a conservative level of borrowings but that the maximum aggregate borrowings be increased from 15 per cent. to 50 per cent. of Gross Asset Value (calculated at the time of drawdown of the relevant borrowings)."
The Directors wish to clarify for Shareholders that, notwithstanding the above flexibility, the Board's gearing policy will firmly limit borrowings to no more than 30 per cent. of gross assets at any time. If in the future the Directors views on this policy were to change, they will revert to Shareholders for further approval.
Background to the Initial Issue
The Company was launched as a closed-ended investment company in May 2018 with the investment objective of providing Shareholders with an attractive level of income over the long term by investing in a diversified portfolio of utility scale energy storage projects. The Company has raised in excess of £330 million to date, which has been invested or committed for investment in accordance with the Company's investment objectives and policy, including the Company's first recently announced acquisitions in Germany and the United States.
Investors in the Initial Issue will be entitled to receive the next quarterly dividend for the period end 31 March 2022. The Company will target dividends in respect of the Ordinary Shares in each ﬁnancial year based on a 7 per cent. yield on the average Net Asset Value per Ordinary Share during that ﬁnancial year, subject to a minimum target of 7 pence per Ordinary Share in each ﬁnancial year. The annual target dividend will increase by 0.5 pence increments per Ordinary Share based on a certain progression of the average Net Asset Value per Ordinary Share in any ﬁnancial year above 100 pence.
Utility scale energy storage is an increasing international priority as investment in intermittent renewable generation continues to grow. Recent geopolitical events have further underlined the importance of energy security, particularly in Europe and the critical services to the grid that Gore Street's assets provide. An ongoing significant renewable infrastructure investment alongside the move away from traditional baseload generation sources provide a compelling backdrop for energy storage investment opportunities to enable countries to reach their climate targets.
In addition to the Company's signiﬁcant UK investment pipeline, the opportunities outside the UK have continued to grow considerably and there are potentially attractive opportunities available. As at the date of this announcement, the Investment Manager has identiﬁed a pipeline of over 1.3 GW. The pipeline includes a significant number of potential projects comprising 900 MW in GB, 375 MW in North America and 100 MW in Europe. The Investment Manager continues to work with several sources of potential pipeline projects, such as strategic partners, developers and EPC contractors.
The assets which form part of the Company's pipeline are ﬂexible in terms of services and availability, and therefore present multiple and increasing revenue opportunities. The Investment Manager believes these additional revenue streams will become increasingly important as a means of diversiﬁcation. Initially, projects were focused on: (a) frequency response services; (b) Triad avoidance services; and (c) capacity market services. Today, the Investment Manager is currently analysing projects that include: (i) balancing mechanisms; (ii) wholesale trading; (iii) distribution network cost saving; (iv) voltage control; (v) black start; and (vi) DS3 services in Ireland.
The Company intends to hold a diversiﬁed portfolio of energy storage projects with target unleveraged IRRs from its portfolio of projects of 10-12 per cent. (before fees and expenses of the Company) through multiple revenue streams which may be stacked on a single battery. The majority of the Group's revenues are currently derived from grid balancing services and/or wholesale trading.
The Company will target dividends in respect of the Ordinary Shares in each ﬁnancial year based on a 7 per cent. yield on the average Net Asset Value per Ordinary Share during that ﬁnancial year, subject to a minimum target of 7 pence per Ordinary Share in each ﬁnancial year. The annual target dividend will increase by 0.5 pence increments per Ordinary Share based on a certain progression of the average Net Asset Value per Ordinary Share in any ﬁnancial year above 100 pence (subject to rounding). For illustrative purposes only: if the average Net Asset Value per Ordinary Share during a ﬁnancial year is 107 pence per Ordinary Share or greater (but less than 114 pence) the target dividend for that ﬁnancial year will be 7.5 pence per Ordinary Share; if the average Net Asset Value per Ordinary Share during a ﬁnancial year is 114 pence per Ordinary Share or greater (but less than 121 pence) the target dividend for that ﬁnancial year will be 8.0 pence per Ordinary Share; and if the average Net Asset Value per Ordinary Share during a ﬁnancial year is 121 pence per Ordinary Share or greater (but less than 128 pence) the target dividend for that ﬁnancial year will be 8.5 pence per Ordinary Share. Dividends are paid quarterly and the Company will target a dividend of 2.0 pence per Ordinary Share for the ﬁrst three interim dividends in each ﬁnancial year and the amount of the ﬁnal dividend will depend on the overall annual dividend target for that ﬁnancial year.
Investors should note that the target dividend and target return are targets only and are not a profit forecast. There may be a number of factors that adversely affect the Company's ability to achieve its target dividend yield and/or target return and there can be no assurance that they will be met. The target dividend and target return should not be seen as an indication of the Company's expected or actual results or returns. Accordingly, investors should not rely on these targets in deciding whether to invest in the Shares or assume that the Company will make any distributions at all.
Energy storage is a market which is undergoing continued and transformative growth in the UK and globally. The fundamental growth driver is the steady increase in intermittent renewable energy capacity combined with a need for grid stability and electricity price stability. Storage projects are well positioned to address these issues. As a result, energy storage is a key part of government energy policy, helping to deliver the low-carbon electricity sector that is the stated goal of the UK, the US, the EU and many other jurisdictions. The growth in energy storage assets is therefore anticipated to increase in these markets as the levers that drive their growth further develop. The Board, having been advised by the Investment Manager, considers that the Company remains ideally positioned to capitalise on this anticipated increase in demand for energy storage assets.
Growth potential in grid flexibility from decarbonising environment
During the Conference of the Parties (COP) 26 held in Glasgow in 2021, countries stressed the urgency of action required to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 45 per cent. in order to achieve net zero around the mid-century. Countries were called to present stronger national action plans next year, instead of in 2025, the original timeline. Countries have also ultimately agreed to a provision for phasing-down coal power and phasing-out inefﬁcient fossil fuel subsidies, therefore moving away from fossil fuels.
The increase of wind and solar renewable energy, which are intermittent sources of electricity, together with the closure of coal and nuclear power plants, is expected to create difficulties in balancing demand/supply of electricity in the system which creates tight capacity margins and which could, therefore, lead to blackout risks during peak demand. The Investment Manager expects that energy storage will increasingly be required to play an important role in managing critical balancing and frequency management services to stabilise the system and provide flexibility to the electricity market. Therefore, Shareholders will have early exposure to what the Investment Manager believes will be a dominant theme in energy investment over the coming years.
Shore Capital and J.P. Morgan Cazenove are acting as Joint Bookrunners to the Company in connection with the Initial Issue and the Share Issuance Programme. The Joint Bookrunners will today commence a bookbuild process in respect of the Initial Issue at the Issue Price. The Initial Issue will be non-pre-emptive pursuant to the terms set out in the Prospectus and is expected to close no later than 11.00 a.m. on 12 April 2022 but may be closed earlier or later at the absolute discretion of the Joint Bookrunners. Details of the number of Ordinary Shares to be issued pursuant to the Initial Issue will be determined by the Board (following consultation with Joint Bookrunners and the Investment Manager) and will be announced as soon as practicable after the close of the Initial Issue.
In the event that commitments received under the Initial Issue exceed the maximum number of Ordinary Shares available, applications under the Initial Placing, the Initial Offer for Subscription and the Initial Intermediaries Offer will be scaled back at the Joint Bookrunners' discretion (in consultation with the Company and the Investment Manager).
Application will be made for the Ordinary Shares to be admitted to trading on the premium segment of the London Stock Exchange's main market ("Admission"). Admission is expected to occur and dealings in the Ordinary Shares to commence at 8.00 a.m. on 14 April 2022. The Initial Issue is conditional on the requisite shareholder resolutions being passed at the General Meeting on 11 April 2022 and on Admission.
The Ordinary Shares issued pursuant to the Initial Issue will rank pari passu in all respects with the existing Ordinary Shares, including the right to receive all dividends and other distributions declared, made or paid after the date of Admission. For the avoidance of doubt, investors participating in the Initial Issue will be entitled to receive the next quarterly dividend declared by the Company relating to the quarter ending 31 March 2022.
By choosing to participate in the Initial Issue and by making an oral and legally binding offer to subscribe for Ordinary Shares, investors will be deemed to have read and understood this announcement and the Prospectus in their entirety and to be making such offer on the terms and subject to the conditions in the Prospectus, and to be providing the representations, warranties and acknowledgements contained therein.
A copy of the Prospectus, when published, will be submitted to the National Storage Mechanism and will shortly thereafter be available for inspection at: on the Company's website at (www.gsenergystoragefund.com) or via the National Storage Mechanism (https://data.fca.org.uk/#/nsm/nationalstoragemechanism). Full details of the Terms and Conditions of the Initial Placing, the Initial Offer for Subscription and the Initial Intermediaries Offer will be made available in the Prospectus.
The Legal Entity Identifier of the Company is 213800GPUNVGG81G4O21.
For further information:
Gore Street Capital Limited
Alex O'Cinneide / Paula Travesso / Maria Vaggione
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3826 0290
Shore Capital (Joint Corporate Broker and Joint Bookrunner)
Anita Ghanekar / Rose Ramsden / Iain Sexton (Corporate Advisory)
Fiona Conroy (Corporate Broking)
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7408 4090
J. P. Morgan Cazenove (Joint Corporate Broker and Joint Bookrunner)
William Simmonds / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7742 4000
Buchanan (Media enquiries)
Charles Ryland / Henry Wilson / George Beale
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7466 5000
Email: [email protected]
JTC (UK) Limited, Company Secretary Tel: +44 (0) 20 7409 0181
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